Rand Paul vows to introduce public transportation mask mandate repeal

Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulFive takeaways from the Ohio special primaries Trump-backed Mike Carey wins GOP primary in Ohio special election Hillicon Valley: Senate report finds major cyber shortcomings in federal agencies | Gig firms seek Mass. ballot question to classify workers as contractors | Blizzard's president steps down after workplace protests MORE (R-Ky.) vowed on Thursday to fight part of the public transportation mask mandate that requires passengers to wear face coverings when traveling on planes.

"When the Senate returns to session, I will be introducing an immediate repeal of the mask mandate on planes," Paul wrote on Twitter. "Enough!"

He added, "Time to stop this farce and let people travel in peace!"

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Paul's promise to tackle air travel masks requirements targets a portion of the public transportation executive order signed by Biden on his first day in office that requires face coverings on all public transportation, including airports and airplanes.

Paul's comments are the latest in a string of protests the GOP senator has waged against the Biden administration's COVID-19 response.

After White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiBiden rebukes GOP governors for barring mask mandates Florida becomes epicenter of COVID-19 surge The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by AT&T - Simone wins bronze with altered beam routine MORE announced Biden's new door-to-door vaccination strategy to encourage Americans to get the COVID-19 vaccine, Paul tweeted a condemnation of the plan, writing, "No."

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"The gov't doesn't decide who gets vaccinated," he added. "You do. Do not submit to the fearmongers."

The White House's plan would not determine who gets vaccinated or force anyone to get a vaccine should they choose not to.

 

Paul in May announced that he would not be getting the COVID-19 vaccine because he had already contracted the disease in March 2020. Officials have maintained that even people who contracted COVID-19 should be vaccinated. 

Paul's office did not immediately respond to The Hill's request for comment.